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Associate Lead Teacher (English Specialist)

Trinity Academy Sowerby BridgeCalderdale

Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge  

Associate Lead Teacher  

(Whole School Responsibility with English Specialism) 

Scale: MPR/UPR plus TLR 2D £3826 

Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge is a new academy with the vision of becoming ‘the most transformational academy in England’.  This is a bold statement but one we feel we have a moral imperative to achieve.  The academy is now achieving great things, but this was not always the case.  The predecessor school, Sowerby Bridge High School, never achieved an Ofsted judgement of ‘Good’ (since Ofsted started inspecting schools), was significantly under roll in every year group and consistently produced mediocre outcomes for its young people.   

For the first time in over a decade the school is now oversubscribed.  Our projections indicate another oversubscribed academic year in 2020-21 and we are planning additional recruitment to support this and to allow our students to thrive. 

The GCSE results in the summer of 2018 and 2019 were a validation of the work we have already undertaken in the academy.  The results our students achieved means the academy can now be recognised as one of the most improved schools in the country.  However, we are determined not to rest on our laurels and are always looking for ways to better serve our students. 

We are now looking to appoint an Associate Lead Teacher (Whole School Responsibility with English Specialisiam) to continue our transformation.  This is a unique and exciting opportunity to shape and develop pedagogy in your own subject area, but also to work alongside a well-researched, creative, strategic and highly regarded Teaching and Learning Team to develop pedagogical practice across the academy.  With improving pupils’ literacy sitting at the heart of our priorities, we recognise the significant value that an English specialist can offer in terms of knowledge and skills.  An exacting focus on all aspects of literacy including oracy will provide with an insight that, we believe, will complement our existing work and drive it even further forward as we move into the future. 

If you feel you are not quite ready to be an Associate Lead Teacher but can demonstrate passion and potential to succeed in the role, we would still be very interested in hearing from you.  As an academy we have an impeccable track record of developing leadership in our staff at all levels. 

If successful, you will be joining an organisation that places the values of Empathy, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility at the heart of our practise.  A recent external audit found that: ‘The values are central because senior leaders prioritise their implementation.  A programme of regular staff training, including role play, ensures that all staff, including newcomers, consistently adopt the language and expectations of the values.  Both teaching and non-teaching staff are fully committed to embedding the values in behaviour for learning.  A Year 8 pupil said that taking the values away ‘would destroy the school.’  

Alongside these values is a belief that great schools can only achieve amazing things by employing the right people.  To this end, we have developed extensive CPD packages that ensure everyone, at every level, continuously improves to be the best version of themselves.  These packages are wide ranging and include: 

  • Our 7-week induction to the classroom  
  • CPD that is always underpinned by the latest research and reflects student needs  
  • Our bespoke ’10 Minute Tips’ coaching package  
  • Leadership development at all levels from Middle Leader, support with your SLE application through to NPQH  

We also recognise that, as a teenager, growing up can be a difficult time; a time at which our students may require varying levels of support.  We have invested heavily in our pastoral team, which now includes the following positions: 

  • Two Senior Leaders with responsibility for pastoral care  
  • Education Welfare Officer  
  • Lead Attendance Officer 
  • Attendance Officer  
  • Family Intervention Worker 
  • Child Protection Officer 
  • Five Year Leaders 
  • A Pastoral Support Officer   
  • EAL Engagement Officer  

All of the above positions are non-teaching, demonstrating our commitment to dedicate our pastoral staff to pastoral issues.  

Our vision is to be the most transformational academy in England.  If you would like to be part of our journey, we look forward to hearing from you.  

You must be fully committed to optimising the opportunities that are available to children and young people, secure in the knowledge that you will be joining an ambitious forward-thinking Academy Trust that sets the standards for our family of schools and academies. 

Start date: September 2021 (or earlier by negotiation) 

Closing date: 9am Monday 19th April 2021  

Interviews: To be confirmed   

For more information on the academy, and to apply for this role, please visit    

Trinity Multi-Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All appointments are made subject to an enhanced DBS check.  We are an equal opportunities employer and want our staff profile to reflect the community we serve. 


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